Awards Ceremony

On June 17th, sixteen achievers were presented awards for their achievements in Industry and Business at the Gem Theater in the historic 18th and Vine district.  In support, the companies of each achiever were also be recognized for their dedication to the mission of the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City.

During the ceremony, we also presented the class of 2021 Black Achievers Scholars, Reverend Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, and Honeywell Black Achievers award recipients. Thank you for joining us in celebrating this momentous occasion.

Special Thanks:

The Gem Theater

Photography, Royal Photo KC – Sam Jordon

Recorded Music, Ground Level – Elton Gumbel

Live Saxophonist, Neoma

Meet the 2021 Award Recipients

2021 Black Achievers Awards Ceremony

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2021 Lifetime Achiever & Achiever of the Year Award Recipients

Lifetime Achiever Award

Norma McKelvy

“It’s amazing what you can learn and contribute if you’re not concerned with how much you are paid or what your title is. If you’re doing things right, God takes care of the rest.”

Norma graduated from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island with a BS in accounting and started her career in finance and auditing in the insurance industry. When she moved to Kansas City, she was employed by the City of Kansas City, Missouri for 17+ years, first in Urban Affairs as a Program and Finance monitor for federal government contracts.

Norma later joined Blue KC as the Director of Organizational Development and was accountable for company-wide training initiatives and redeveloping, disseminating and compliance monitoring of Corporate Policies and Procedures. Throughout her 20- year Blue KC career Norma was a member and leader on the Blue KC Diversity Council and retired in 2018.

Norma is a 29 year member of St. James United Methodist Church, a life member of the NAACP and an alumni of the Centurions leadership development program. She has been married to Alfred McKelvy, the love of her life, for 43 years and has one daughter, Danielle and two grandsons, Khal-El and Alexander.

Achiever of the Year

Calvin Mayfield

“I truly believe it is my duty to help other people and to be of service to humanity.”

With over 20 years of experience at T-Mobile, Calvin has held numerous positions within the IT and Network organizations.  Key leadership roles and accomplishments have included leading strategic initiatives as a program manager, managing development efforts for the Sprint mobile optimized web application as development supervisor, and managing network analytics in his current role.  He served as the President of the Diamond Network – Sprint’s African diaspora focused employee resource group – and most recently as Co-Chair of T-Mobile’s Black Empowerment Network.

With a commitment to service, Mr. Mayfield combines his interests in youth and sports.  He coached youth on YMCA football and basketball teams and the Turner Recreational League baseball teams.  He also has had extended service in various roles with the Boy Scouts of America.  Devoted to seeing youth succeed, Calvin has been a math and science tutor.  His volunteerism has also included helping his alma mater, Kansas State University, in various ways such as serving on the Kansas State University Alumni Association Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Kansas City grad chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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